Visual specialization and brain evolution in primates.

@article{Barton1998VisualSA,
  title={Visual specialization and brain evolution in primates.},
  author={Robert A. Barton},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={1998},
  volume={265 1409},
  pages={1933-7}
}
Several theories have been proposed to explain the evolution of species differences in brain size, but no consensus has emerged. One unresolved question is whether brain size differences are a result of neural specializations or of biological constraints affecting the whole brain. Here I show that, among primates, brain size variation is associated with visual specialization. Primates with large brains for their body size have relatively expanded visual brain areas, including the primary visual… CONTINUE READING
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